Chapters: The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship
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Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, referred
to coloquially as The Steamship Authority or simply the SSA, is the
statutory regulatory body for all ferry operations to and from the
Islands from the Massachusetts mainland, as well as being an
operator of ferry service from the mainland Cape Cod to the islands
of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and the only ferry operator to
carry automobiles to the island. The Authority also operates
several freight vessels, thus serving as the main link for shipping
any commercial goods to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket that are
not transported by air. The present Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard
and Nantucket Steamship Authority was formed from the New Bedford,
Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Steamboat Co., which in turn was a
consolidation of earlier companies dating to the early 1800s. Early
steamers included the Marco Bozzaris, Telegraph, Massachusetts,
George Law, Naushon, Helen Augusta, Metacomet (1854), Canonicus
(1856), Eagle's Wing (1854-1861), Monohansett, River Queen, Island
Home, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Gay Head, Uncatena, Sankaty,
Nobska, New Bedford, Naushon, Mercury, and Hackensack. The
steamship Islander retired in 2007. In 2007, it was revealed that
the Steamship Authority ferries were dumping sewage into Nantucket
Sound, along with other seafaring vessels. This act is allowed by
federal law. The law states any vessel can discharge untreated
human excrement directly into Nantucket Sound as long as it is more
than three nautical miles from shore. Frequent passenger and auto
ferry service is operated to the Martha's Vineyard to...http:
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